The Planning Inspectorate has dismissed the planning appeal for the GE Aviation planning application that proposed 148 houses on the site on Hamble Lane.
Eastleigh Borough Council’s Bursledon Hamble & Hound Local Area Committee had refused planning permission for up to 148 residential units together with a new vehicle access and associated infrastructure. GE Aviation appealed the decision and a public inquiry was held in November 2020.
The main reasons for the planning inspector refusing the appeal were for highways issues including an increased level of traffic on the already congested Hamble Lane together with a reduction in the quality of the cycle route and increased risk of conflict with users of Coronation Parade. The impact of the scheme on the countryside, character and appearance of the area was also cited as a reason for refusal.”
Council Leader Keith House said, “The Planning Inspector’s decision to block GE Aviation’s planning application is a strong verdict of support for the Council’s Local Plan policies to restrain development on the Hamble peninsula and protect our green gaps. The Inspector agreed with Eastleigh that the traffic implications on Hamble Lane would be unacceptable. Given Hampshire County Council’s failure to object on traffic grounds this shows the Planning Inspector understands Hamble Lane better than the County Council.”
He added, “We want to continue working with GE Aviation to support local jobs but in the context of our planning policies, not against them.”